The Horrifying Portrayal of People with a Mental Illness on Halloween

What would you do if you saw someone dressed up with an insulin pump, candy and fake needles glued to their outfit, wearing pale makeup, and purple lipstick? You would probably stop and say, “WTF is wrong with that person?” You would probably look in disgust at someone mimicking a person with a serious disease…

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5 Things Every Person with a Mental Illness Needs to Hear

If you are open about your diagnosis of mental illness, most likely you are faced with more negative feedback than positive. We are labeled as damaged goods. When I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder, there were no words of encouragement or pamphlet that taught me how to handle stigma or love myself. I was…

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12 Questions Answered About Mental Health Blogging

Many of the questions I receive are about my job as a mental health blogger. It excites me to have people reaching out for advice. I hope to see many more advocates blogging in the future. Here are 12 questions answered about mental health blogging.

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9 Things Mental Illness Has Taught Me About Life

When we are faced with challenges, it’s hard to believe that something positive will come out of these periods of darkness, but there is. Sometimes the most important lessons in life hide in places we would never think to look. These are 9 things mental illness has taught me about life.

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6 Ways to Help Your Partner Struggling with Depression

6 Ways to Help Your Partner Struggling with Depression By: Paul James Mental illness is a hard conversation to have with those around us, even when it’s with our significant other. People tend to hold tightly onto the most fragile aspects of their lives. I have learned this from being in a relationship with my…

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Wisdo: An App for People Living with Mental Illness to Connect with One Another

Stigma prevents those of us living with a mental illness from connecting with others who can relate to the challenges we face on a daily basis. Peer to peer communication is desperately needed in the mental health community. We have so many resources online to gather information, but we lack the resources to communicate with one…

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A Creative Alternative to Self-Harm That Works

Self-harm is not something I talk about often, however, it is part of my past and my journey living with bipolar disorder. I can tell you that it was not a cry for help. No one noticed, and the majority of those who are closest to me will find out through this post that it…

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20 Inspiring Quotes for People with a Mental Illness

When I am too low or too high or insecure about the things that make me different in this world, the one thing that always seems to speak to me, no matter the mood, is quotes and poems. A collection of words, so elegantly put together, that they inspire those of us who can feel…

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The Woman Behind the Bag: Kate Spade’s Suicide and Understanding Mental Illness

The Woman Behind the Bag: Kate Spade’s Suicide and Understanding Mental Illness Article By: Greyon Fernandes I needed to know if there was a woman behind the bag. So, I googled Kate Spade. The next day she passed. One can assume mental illness played a part. Mental illness isn’t linear. It’s a vast web, of which…

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The Dog Days: What Its like to Live with Schizophrenia

The Dog Days: What Its like to Live with Schizophrenia Article By: Greyon Fernandes Since my diagnosis, people have asked me: ‘What is it like to live with schizophrenia?’. Until this point, I’ve responded in a very clinical manner: ‘I had and still have intrusive thoughts’, ‘My speech gets distorted at times’ – clinically known…

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